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Haven't been posting on here anymore, and don't really plan to, but I have been posting a lot of art on twitter (twitter.com/animatedjames) and tumblr (animatedjames.tumblr.com) and I plan on continuing that.
TalonWillPower by AnimatedJamesNovaLongDay by AnimatedJames

MacyShortSkirt by AnimatedJames
Feel free to ask me anything you want on tumblr (animatedjames.tumblr.com/ask).

I also finished a 205 page story arc for my webcomic (offsavingtheworld.com).
OSTWIcon by AnimatedJames
And if you're into that gross shit (sometimes literally) I made a NSFW smut blog (notsafeforworld.tumblr.com)
NSFWIcon by AnimatedJames

I understand if there's a loss of patience with me. I deserve it. It feels wrong for me to say that I've changed or improved since that should be up to others to decide. All I can say and show is that I'm doing the best I can, just like the rest of you. My mind wasn't in the right place for way too long, and it's my responsibility to set things right, now that I'm aware of that, and aware of the reasons behind that.

I'll shut up now. Sorry, thank you, and see ya.
I just reached the 80 page mark on Off Saving the World, and I'm a little over a minute done with the upcoming stand up comedian animation, which I might start streaming again. I've been offline for a while, working, but also just worrying too much. I do that all the time, and it's not fun, but part of my anxiety is that the more I feel it, the harder it is to stop it and just have fun, even when I should be having it.

I think back to when I wrote "How to prevent idiocracy". It was a stressful and kinda scary time and I wanted to make people feel better. I still agree with the overall message of it, but at the same time, it's a direction I don't wanna go with my content. It was really preachy and set really high expectations. My anxiety causes me to do that ALL the time. Setting myself up to fail instead of just doing what I actually wanna do, and should do, which is create fun.

Despite being a weird cartoonist, I've always been oddly serious and anxious, never really able to have fun like a regular person. I feel like I got into art and animation as an escape from things like school and life in general. But it ended up making me just as anxious. And art and entertainment are very feeling based, so whatever you're feeling is eventually gonna come out the more art and entertainment you make. I tried to avoid putting my angst into what I created, but eventually it came out one way or another.

Lately I've been able to cope with it by just drawing random sketches and pics in my spare time, so it does fuel my creativity, as it always has. I enjoy drawing even more when it's alleviating anxiety and stress. That's the feeling I wanna create in others. In pursuit of getting more in touch with feelings I ignored for very long, I forgot I'm doing this for fun. My fun, other people's fun, and fun in general. Maybe not fun for EVERYONE, but nothing is.

Maybe it's a no-brainer that I should focus on the fun aspect of being a cartoonist, but in my experience, the internet, stuff happening in the world, personal life, and life in general can be overwhelming, when it's not being inspiring. Obviously you can't have fun all the time, and my content won't always be happy-go-lucky, but that's okay too. Part of growing up is taking the good with the bad. And the bad makes the good even better. But the whole point is to relieve anxiety and stress, making it easier to relax, but not to the point where you're too relaxed and you get anxious about how not anxious you are. =P (Razz) 

In short, OStW is closer to completion, a stand up comic animation is in the works, and fun is surprisingly fun. :D (Big Grin)  See you around.

Have a fox:
Fox by AnimatedJames
2017 has been off to a great start. Got to sleep over with close friends for a week while playing video games and watching anime. One of my friends introduced me to One Punch Man, so I am now all about One Punch Man.

So far I've been staying true to my resolution: Staying calm and staying true to self. And sticking with that theme, I want to tell you something...

Thank you. I've wanted to thank you for the longest time. All of you. I wanted Off Saving the World to be that thank you. But that would take a few more weeks to make, and I don't even know if it'll be any good. I have this notion that continuing to create content will show how much I appreciate your support. But nothing sends a message like being straight forward.

Thank you for watching/reading/tolerating what I do on the internet. It's hard for me to be the kind of internet personality who's all like "Thank you all! I love every single one of you! You're all amazing! <3 <3 <3." Too much negative pressure has accumulated in my head for me to be like that and actually be genuine. I don't know if anyone else feels that way about communicating with other people. I'd love to be like that though. But I also don't wanna be fake. I look back on all the times I've been a liar, a hypocrite, and generally inauthentic, and it motivates me to stay as far away from that as possible. Hell, 2016 was the year I tried cleansing all the toxicity from my mind and having a more positive outlook.

I know I haven't been consistent. I hope I can change that about me too. Having a following is so weird (at least for me... because I'm weird xD) It's made me want to be a more positive influence, but also has made me realize that you can't please everyone, and people are gonna hate you no matter how hard you try to improve, but you can't let that stop you from improving. It's all crazy and weird. And I've learned to accept and embrace how crazy and weird the world is. I sometimes ask "Why am I so crazy and weird?" Realizing that living on earth made me like this, so the world must be just as crazy and weird as me.

Knowing that makes everything seem better... or least better enough to stop having mental breakdowns. Happy cry (Tears of joy)

Anyone else super into absurdism?

Either way, OSTW is a little over half way done, and I'm working on a 3 minute animation! Both coming soon!

Again, thank you all! I love every single one of you! You're all amazing! <3 <3 <3 (seriously)
Happy New Year! It was around this time last year that I didn't have the best grasp on reality. I was so caught up in my own personal anxiety that I lost my mind. Not much to say it about that now, except every day, I'm surprised, humbled, and grateful that I still have friends and followers, in spite of thinking I don't deserve either.

Main reason I'm making this journal is to acknowledge that I said OStW would be done around the holidays. I could be smart-alacky and say "I didn't say WHICH holiday" but we all know which holidays I was referring to. It is half way done and can be seen on patreon for $1 a month, but if you can wait, I suggest doing that.

...

And... that's it. Oddly enough I had way more overly-sensitive, insecure, preachy, and just whiney things to say in this journal, that I resisted typing for that very reason. My resolution last year was to help those I care about. For the most part, I did what I set out to do, even if I ended up helping 2 possible sociopaths that ended up treating me like shit. My resolution this year is simple: Keep my cool in situations of stress, and don't let the opinions and perceptions of others influence my own.

I'd also just like to talk more to people in an introspective way. Get out of my own head and such.

"Does this mean I won't get to talk to you as much?"

Don't worry voice in my head, you'll still have plenty of chances to fill me with anxiety and self-doubt.

"YAAAAY! I love 2017 already!"
Still working on Off Saving the World. I want it to be done more than anyone, but at the same time i wanna make sure it's as good as it can be. I haven't been focused on drawing other stuff for deviantart while I work on this, mainly out of a sense of duty to complete it. I feel like I've annoyed you all so much with the sudden cancelations of things. I just wanna start going through with things again, which is why all my focus is on this 50-60 page comic book that won't be done for like 3-4 months. I wanna show previews of the comic, maybe draw some more art of the characters, but why would you care about these characters you know nothing about. The reason people like when I draw the creative types is because you KNOW those characters. So I'll wait until I'm done with this, and then draw and make stuff relating to them.
"And then scrap those characters and move on to something else."
*sigh* Yes me. Whatever you say. I hope you like it when it comes out. If you want you can comment saying whether or not you're excited for it or whether or not you even care. Even if most of you don't, as long as one person is looking forward to it, that's enough.
"Be careful what you wish for."
ANYWAY, I'll see you guys later!

Bub eye!
I was interviewed recently.

0:00 Awkward Start
1:00 How I got into animation
2:35 Who inspires me (Next time, I'll actually say WHY they inspire me instead of just listing off names)
5:50 Thoughts on youtube's guidelines regarding monetization and minutes watched.
11:25 pointers for aspiring animators.
13:50 "the hole"
15:30 We talk about anime
19:25 I talk about C Students
24:08 I talk about Creative Types
29:32-33:04 I just think that's kinda important
33:44 I talk about OStW

Re-listening to it, I realized how much I stutter, how I say "uh" and "you know" every other word... and I still prefer how I talk and what I say NOW way over how I talked and what I said when I would do past interviews and podcasts. If you listen to the first podcast I ever did and then this one, you can tell how much I've matured. The first podcast I ever did, I was loud, arrogant, and overly-confident, to the point where I would always have to be the first person to give their opinion on a topic. I even nick named myself "Black Jesus" GOD I was horrible lol I feel like such a different person despite still being the same person. That "snarky jerk" persona I put on in the past was the result of me not knowing any better. Traveling, meeting people, making friends, and generally growing have done wonders for my (WARNING: I'm about to say "soul") soul. If I never met the friends I currently have and experienced everything I've experienced up til now, I'd probably be the most entitled pretentious millennial stereotype ever.

Alright, you're probably tired of me bringing that up. "We get it! You used to be a dick, and now you think you're less of a dick! Shut up about it!" At least that's what I tell myself. If you've ever seen Birdman, the voice that I have in my head is VERY similar to the one Michael Keaton had in his head. Hopefully I don't have to shoot my nose off to get rid of my voice. I'd love to take that voice and make something artistic out of it. It would put that voice to good use instead of it being a self destructive obstacle.

Anyway, check out the interview, the guy's name is Yuki, and he's awesome.
I might upload another preview of OStW, but just know that 10 (out of 50-60) pages of it is done, and you can read them right now on patreon for $3 a month until the first chapter comes out. After that, exclusive patreon content will continue.

"Ah, no one cares about the shit you make since you keep canceling your shit! I give it til page 20 that you give up and have another mental breakdown."
Again, that's just the voice in my head, but I wouldn't be surprised if that's like 90% of the comments on the teaser lol.

Either way, C ya, would love to B ya, and would really love to D ya.

That's a lot of hype for something you'll have to read.
I'll just copy and paste what I put on the patreon page:

I wrote a comic with my bud Avery, and while I do plan on releasing it for free once it's done (If I made it purchasable, people who payed for it would just upload it other places), I'm giving you the opportunity to see the pages before anyone else, AS THEY ARE FINISHED, as well as access to concept art, exclusive drawings, and a live stream where I'll be working on the comic (Granted, it's not much of a prize if you don't care how the thing is made).

www.patreon.com/AnimatedJames

Me and Avery worked hard on this story, as well as other installments/chapters/lore/plot holes involving these characters, and this world. We hope the work we've done is worth enjoying and supporting once it's finished. In the mean time, you tell me if it's worth it by pledging today! Thank you in advance to anyone who does. :)

New animation about Rick and Morty and the very intriguing intro to another more child friendly cartoon.

Next up, something original. Something I already teased. Something foxy.
Forgot to ask this on my live stream, so screw it, I'll ask it here:

Why are you guys following/watching/subscribed to me? It can't just be because I'm funny or because you like my art style. That applies to tons of people. Every artist has their "thing". Emily Youcis' thing is an insane necrophiliac dog, VimHomeless's thing is butts (which is why I'm jealous of him), and Randall Munroe's thing is science and generally being smarter than most people. Those are the things that their audience EXPECTS from them... What do you expect from me?

Ultimately I'm just gonna do what I want, whether that means losing followers or gaining them or whatever. I'm just curious because I haven't been myself for very long, so any audience I gained, I gained by pandering, not by being genuine. I'd like to start being genuine, but first I'd like to know why you're here in the first place.

Thank you to those who answer honestly.
So this friday is my 22nd birthday, and you are invited to my birthday party live stream that'll happen at 5:00 PM EST at picarto.tv/animatedjames  this friday.

I'll be finishing this Rick and Morty animation I've been working on all month.
Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 8.38.16 PM by AnimatedJames
I'll be attempting to finish it as well as interacting with you guys. Yes, even you Mr.troll. Honestly, I really don't know my audience that well, in the sense that I don't know what you guys expect from me, or even why you guys follow me in the first place. Knowing this will help me know what I should do in the future, so come over and let me know this friday. My crush friend UrbanHoof will be there!

If you want, I might even do live commissions for people who donate here: paypal.me/AnimatedJames. If not, I'll still see you guys there.

See you later, crocodile!

Hope you enjoy this animation I made for Galacon. And I hope some of you can make it to the convention.
Now that that's over, I can start working on other projects like a Rick and Morty animation, and less importantly, a short film I plan on spending 2 years making.
I'm always excited to work on a super long project like that. Only down side is people tend to think I'm dead. Don't worry guys. If I ever die, I'll let you know.

Anyway, see ya! Wouldn't mind being ya for a day or two.
Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.44.09 PM by AnimatedJames
Next week I'll have a promo for a Pony convention called "Galacon" ready to watch and be enjoyed. It's a pony thing, but I think you'll find it funny even if you're not a brony.

Other than that, I have an idea for a short film I'm DEFINITELY gonna start producing after I'm done with this contractual obligation. It's still in pre-pre-PREEEE production, with concept art, character designs, and a rough start to the script. I can tell I'm serious about this idea because it's ALL I can think about each day (other than ass) so it's gonna be made and it's gonna be a BIG production that I hope other people like.

It's weird how I always come up with an idea RIGHT after delving into writer's block. Things truly get worse before they get better. Keep that in mind the next time you get fired, injured, arrested, or killed. As long as you're still alive, things will get better.

k thanks bye!
Check it out! My friend Kellen (Speedjolt) did a cover of the official 80s anthem! Take on Me! Not to be confused with the official 90s anthem, Barbie Girl.
I do back up vocals. Hope you like it! He worked hard on it.

Bee Tea Double-You, this cover is an example of how I think all artists should live:
"No one asked for it, I don't expect people to love it, I only did it because I wanted to."
It's what I live by, and it's what I hope you guys live by as well... unless you're a jackass. That needs to be clarified whenever the whole "Be yourself" thing is brought up.

Have a good night!... unless you're a jackass.
First off, a hint for my next animation: "I'm talkin' rainbows, I'm talkin' lawnmower puppies"

Second, I'm glad lots of you are enjoying Thawts thus far. It really did come out of no where without question, and I know how much the general public just dismisses change, but that's why you guys are better than the general public. Seriously though, thank you for giving Thawts a chance. I'll try to make one every week. I can really only promise I'll try. Sometimes I want to finish an animation so much i forget about all my other projects like webcomics or food or water.

I hope you enjoy my future attempts at 'not bad'. Bye for now, Back for later.
I have a question for all you creations about there regarding a "Creative Types" webcomic. First a short explanation.

I have this obsession with making things as unique and original as possible. Not only that, but when I see a flaw in something, that flaw keeps me up at night until it's fixed. Now, I'm in a position where I can create whatever I want to create... however I still have an audience to captivate. I don't just wanna do whatever I wanna do without caring about the people who are gonna see it. So I have a question for you...

Do you think Scarlet is a bad name for a main character?... I'll explain. I decided to name her Scarlet WAY back in 2014 because I intentionally thought of the most stereotypical Alpha Bitch name. Now that I'm over that mentality, I realized that Scarlet is A) Not a very original name to give a main female character, and B) Not a very likable name... no offense to anyone named Scarlet out there... but in terms of fiction, it's synonymous with villainy and upperclass smugness. Not to mention that name is all over the place. If you google "fictional characters named..." the first female name that comes up is "Scarlett".

I don't know. I fully acknowledge that I might be over-thinking this. Penny's a pretty common fictional character name... but at least it's a cute likable name... no defense to anyone named Penny lol

But aside from what I think... what do you guys think?
Is Scarlet is bad name for a main character?
If so, should I dispatch the idea for a "Creative Types" webcomic for the soul reason that Scarlet is a bad name?
Will you be mad if I decide to make a webcomic about other characters that have nothing to do with Creative Types?
Should I hit myself in the head 27 times with a hammer to A) stop myself from over thinking stuff, and B) give myself a new problem to worry about?

I look forward to any feedback.

P.S. I still wanna make you guys laugh and forget about real life with my art. That's the one thing that'll never change.
So recently I signed a contract with a convention stating that I have to make a promo for their convention, and in return, they'll let me be there. So for the next 3 months, that's what I'll mainly be working on.

Aside from that, I've been commissioned by my friend Drew (@DrewFlashy1) to help him storyboard, animate, and pretty much develop an animated pilot called Handicapables (basically The A Team, but their all disabled). So far I've made some concept art that I may show you at a later date, once the ball on this is rolling faster and it's a sure thing, but basically, I have a lot on my plate.

Aside from all that, I do have some ideas for my own art, like how I mentioned a Creative Types webcomic before. I would however like to plan Creative Types out more instead of simply winging it. The only reason I'm able to make Hailey (my fetish comic) every week is because it's silly, requires zero thought, and takes a 4th of a day to make. If I'm gonna make Creative Types a thing, I want it to be a really good thing. I'm thinking the plot should be something like The Breakfast Club meets Total Drama... I will leave it vaguely at that.

If you simply can't wait for more art/comics, I thought of an idea where I would get payed by you to draw something for you. Not sure what to call it, but I hope it catches on.

First of all, PAYPAL ONLY


A single character with no background/stock background
(Can have one prop/chair)
Kevin by AnimatedJamesDrew stock by AnimatedJames

is $2


Two characters
Carter and Marker by AnimatedJamesPenny and August by AnimatedJames

are $4

(And it keeps multiplying like that with each character)

A detailed background is $5

For example, this:
Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 8.06.22 PM by AnimatedJames

is $9

and this:
Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 8.06.11 PM by AnimatedJames

is $10

(Animals are $1 each)

Either send me a note or email me at animatedjames@yahoo.com



Regardless of all that, I am thinking of stuff that my perfectionist mind refuses to unleash until it's fully developed. Hopefully you'll see at least some of these "stuffs" in the near future.

BI!
Fellow creations, I give you, Everything I'm proud of!
Okay, it wasn't THAT ambitious at all, but the internet won't know that unless I type it out.

All Together by AnimatedJames
So yeah, thank you to all who came to my live stream. It was very fun.
I wanted to make a new icon, which led to me wanting to make a new banner, which led to me making this.

Now that that's done and over with, what I have planned here is kind of special, kind of expected, kind of not special kind of... it's a thing I'm doing:
Fuck hints! I'm making a webcomic out of Creative Types... hopefully. We'll see. For all I know, I might cancel it after 2 and a half pages. In which case I will never make another webcomic again until the next webcomic I make.

Hang out, make out, and peace out guys!

P.S. I'm not done with Middle Ground either.
Greetings fellow creations!
Just letting you know, I plan on doing a very ambitious drawing. So don't worry, I won't have that depressing icon and banner for long. Here's a hint as to what it is:
"THE AJ GANG'S ALL HERE!"
But in the mean time, I made this:

Hope you enjoy it. It was a rough ride completing it. But you all inspired it, so by extension, you inspired me to finish it. So thank you times infinite times infinite times 6... minus 2... plus 2.
See ya!

P.S. Which Creative Types character are you?